Letters for June 22, 2014

• For cat control, try a little TNR • So much crazy stuff, it’s hard to believe • Expect status quo if you don’t vote

For cat control, try a little TNR

Creating tough, mandatory laws like licensing, bans on feeding outdoor cats, killing instead of trap-neuter-return, have been proven ineffective in communities for many years. They are created by those too lazy to actually resolve the issue. The most important factor that will determine success is passionate, hard-working leadership that is not content to hide behind tired myths. Leaders that show a community that they care for the community cats will win public support. Once communities understand that something is being done to control the cat population, they usually embrace having a trap-neuter-return program and community morale improves. Catching and killing cats has been a futile effort used by animal control and shelters across the country for decades. 

Continuing an approach that is clearly not working is not only a waste of taxpayer dollars, it is also shows blatant disregard for efficiency and value—at a time when the economy is at the forefront of everybody’s mind. Investing in spay/neuter and trap-neuter-return demonstrates a socially responsible (and compassionate), efficient approach to serving the animals and the public. Trap-neuter-return reflects a community’s humane ethic that cats deserve to live out their lives in their outdoor homes. Money, instead of being spent on useless killing, should be used to protect the cats, support the colony caregivers and provide the surgeries. It is a tragedy that needs to end, and trap-neuter-return will do just that.


Cheryl Martin 


So much crazy stuff, it’s hard to believe

The county budget came in at a record high, and nowhere are any cuts available. No choice but to raise taxes on us homeowners. Also, it seems big ag has been playing loose with the rules, and they owe millions in back taxes. Today, I read that a bill to make the same big ag pay more for the privilege of poisoning our land, air water and people has been deferred and won’t be on the ballot.

Other points of interest to me were when our county auditor, Ernie Pasion, discovered “irregularities” in gas usage by the mayor and others, and Ernie is the bad guy. The county water system seems to be crumbling, yet there are plans, not to upgrade, but to spend $8 million for new offices. This ill-advised dairy is more on the private side, but still it needs permitting from the county. I have read opinions on these pages on how wonderful it will be to have our own milk supply. Are there any guarantees that we will see a single drop of milk or will we, as I suspect, only get the feces and urine?

Does anyone else feel like they are living in a Third World county?

I am a registered voter and a homeowner and come Nov. 4 I will be voting for change. 


Allan White


Expect status quo if you don’t vote

In response to Ms. Dohrman’s “question of legality” — I don’t believe you have your facts straight regarding the lawsuit of Mr. Bynum. It obviously had merit, or the county would not have settled with him a day before court. I believe his civil rights were challenged. Personally, I think it is time to clean house at County Council. It is a network of “good old boys and women” who no longer make sound judgements for their constituents. Unfortunately, their family members and friends way outnumber the other voters, so apathy will probably prevail, and also status quo with our elected council members. Two articles in today’s paper caught my attention: JoAnn Yukimura cast the deciding vote on bill 2456. 

Was there a very important reason that Mason Chock could not show up for this very important business, as chair of the council’s Finance and Economic Development Committee? Thank you, Mr. Leong for running for council. You seem to be solution oriented. It’s a sad day when the only person with a serious chance at defeating the incumbent mayor is a mixed martial artist/activist with little education. It’s time for the council to represent the common folk. Make your vote count during the primary in August and the polls in November. If not, we will get more of the same.


Kathy Lanstyak



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